A tireless team effort and a little extra from sophomore reserve forward Hannah Franklin went a long way for the No. 3 McDonogh girls soccer team yesterday at No. 1 Archbishop Spalding.
Franklin alertly jumped in front of an attempted clear by Spalding All-Metro goalie Karen Blocker, deflecting the ball in with 2:29 remaining in regulation and giving the Eagles a 1-0 upset win in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference semifinals. The Eagles (14-4-3) will meet St. Vincent Pallotti - a 1-0 double-overtime winner over John Carroll - in the championship game Sunday at Glenelg Country School. Game time is 3 p.m.
"I just saw the ball played back and thought: 'Run after the ball and hopefully she'll miskick it.' And she just kicked it off me and it went right into the goal," Franklin said. "It was so intense and everybody played their heart out - both teams played amazing."
The loss marked the end for a fine senior class at Spalding, which won its first IAAM championship last season with an unbeaten record and came into yesterday's game with one loss this year.
No. 9 St. Vincent Pallotti 1, No. 6 John Carroll 0 -- In the other semifinal, senior Randall Marshall scored two minutes into the second overtime off a corner kick from sophomore Tori Elman to send the visiting Panthers (10-5-2) to their second consecutive championship game appearance Sunday.
Pallotti senior All-Metro goalkeeper Amanda Carta (nine saves) aggressively came off her line time after time to keep the Patriots (17-5) frustrated. "We just dug deep, worked our tails off and never lost our composure," Pallotti coach Mike Vawter said.
No. 2 Fallston 1, Northeast 0 -- Monica Fischer scored the game-winning goal with 3:30 left to advance the Cougars (16-0-1) to the Class 3A East regional final.
Fischer's goal was assisted by Nicole Evans. "I thought Northeast played a great defensive game," Fallston coach Alyson Cammann said. "They've really improved from earlier in this season. It was a tough game."
Autumn Herrin had 10 saves for the Eagles. Fallston will meet the winner of tonight's game between Wilde Lake and North Harford in the championship at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fallston.
No. 12 Loyola 3, No. 9 Calvert Hall 1 -- The Dons (11-5-3) controlled the ball and took advantage of ample opportunities in a victory over the Cardinals (10-9-3) in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference quarterfinals. Steele Stanwick scored early in the first half off a pass by Jimmy Deasel and added another midway through the second half when Stephen Lutz found him and he scored from 18 yards out.
"That's been our strength all season, possessing the ball, and today we put some in the net and the combination was really good," Loyola coach Lee Tschantret said. "Steele has the knack for being able to score big goals, and he was really composed in front of the net."
The Dons play No. 1 McDonogh in the MIAA semifinals Tuesday.
No. 8 Fallston 3, Rising Sun 1 -- The Cougars (12-1) clinched the Chesapeake Division with the win. Senior outside hitter Rachel Kuedler had 18 kills, 10 digs and eight service points. Junior middle blocker Becca Webb had 10 kills, 19 blocks and 11 service points. Fallston plays C. Milton Wright on Thursday.
Sun reporters contributed to this article.